Melding influences that include a West Coast marina, an English tea house, and a Parisian brasserie might sound complicated, but for Sophie Goineau, it was a breeze. Her interiors for Porta Via Palisades—a bistro tucked into Palisades Village, Rick Caruso’s multi-use village concept between Malibu and Santa Monica— effortlessly integrate Ralph Lauren sconces that look like fishing poles, delicate cane and greenery, and classic French touches such as the black-and-white marble floors.
“I used a rich palette of past memories and rich experiences,” Goineau says, but “all the textures and materials have to speak to each other.” And so the walnut table tops offer straighter variations of the chevron oak walls, which play off high-gloss wainscoting below. A commissioned portrait of the roseate spoonbill bird by Tomek Sadurski adds a touch of whimsy. “And because the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” Goineau says, “I used a skylight to add playful, natural light and an organic, beachy feel,” that allows diners to relax and eat whichever meal they feel like. “After all, brunch is the new dinner.”
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